Monthly Archives: April 2012
HOW SENIORITY IMMUNIZES MANAGEMENT The various employment civil rights acts work by forcing managers to make a choice when they select employees for promotion, awards, etc. Ironically, making decisions based on seniority gives management near total immunity. Here is how.
TEST YOURSELF #2- Strategic Negotiability Decisions Assume that after a week of bargaining over a management-proposed mid-term change, management tells you that one of your four remaining unagreed proposals is non-negotiable? This is an important proposal to you and you … Continue reading
MAKING NEW PROPOSALS AFTER BARGAINING BEGINS There is a little-known court case that authorizes union negotiators to make totally new proposals in the middle of negotiations.
SECRET SERVICE’S SILLY SEX STORY Brace yourself, America—and especially federal employees. The culture war is about to flare to near-nuclear levels over the recent Secret Service Agents’ interaction with a salacious slice of Columbia’s service sector. First there will be … Continue reading
TEST YOURSELF- A New Kind of Posting Starting today we plan on posting fact patterns that will give you a chance to challenge your knowledge of labor/employment laws, regulations and strategy. Each will deal with a situation union representatives are … Continue reading
TEST YOURSELF #1- The Late Bargaining Demand How do you respond when an LR specialist rejects your request to bargain over a management-proposed space change because your demand was a day or two late under the contract? Here are a … Continue reading
MSPB’S 13TH DOUGLAS FACTOR MSPB and virtually every arbitrator use the 12 so-called Douglas factors to decide whether to mitigate an adverse action penalty. (See a complete list of the Douglas factors at the end of this posting.) It is … Continue reading
THANKS FOR THE INTEREST Just thought we would share some in-house news we are excited about. FEDSMILL.com has been operating for a little over six months now and thanks to you we have a mailing list of subscribers and others … Continue reading
CONGRATULATIONS AFGE AND NFFE AFGE just filed its annual LM report revealing that the number of dues paying members rose by almost 9,000 over last year’s report for a total of 289,023 dues paying members.
DUBESTER CRITICIZES COVERED-BY CONCEPT FLRA Member DuBester launched his own five-prong attack on the infamous two-prong covered-by concept that has generated so much chaos since its creation. Writing a dissenting opinion in AFGE, SSA General Committee, 66 FLRA No. 108, … Continue reading